Congratulations to Anuradha Rajurkar on winning the Emerging Voices Grant from SCBWI for her manuscript American Betiya!
American Betiya is a complex YA novel about a teenage artist grappling with forbidden romance, personal boundaries, and the appropriation of her Indian heritage. Describing the personal connection to her work, Rajurkar said, “Like the protagonist in my novel, I journeyed through deep conflict between my Indian roots and American girl dreams. Subtly exploring class, sexuality, and race in the context of art, minority culture, and first love, my work holds a mirror to the universal struggle—and triumph—of teenage girls seeking identity in a modern, diverse America.”
The Emerging Voices award is part of the SCBWI’s ongoing effort to foster diverse and underrepresented voices in children’s publishing.
The winning manuscripts will be made available to select agents and editors via a secure website. Anuradha will also receive a paid trip to the 2018 SCBWI Summer Conference in Los Angeles to meet editors, agents, and other industry professionals.
Anuradha D. Rajurkar, the 2017 recipient of SCBWI’s Emerging Voices 2017 award for her YA manuscript American Betiya, is a teacher by day and a writer by night. She holds two degrees from Northwestern University and is a proud member of SCBWI. Rajurkar lives in Milwaukee with her husband and two sons, where, in her free time, she indulges her passions for reading, interior design, and hiking along Lake Michigan. For more about her journey, follow her on Twitter @ADRajurkar1 or Facebook.